My question involves malpractice in the state of: Indiana
I was in the hospital getting a few tests done a little over a month ago. The nurse that did the second blood draw was very nice, however as soon as she inserted the needle into my right arm I felt a severe pain going from my shoulder down to my fingertips. She removed the needle because something was clearly wrong. Then she used my other arm and everything went smoothly. About an hour after that I noticed that my right bicep, forearm, and fingers were numb. (for some reason the top of my forearm is fine) I wrote this off as a standard side effect for about a week after the blood draw. However it's been over a month now and it still hasn't improved. As I said it's completely numb, which is extremely annoying anytime I have to write something down (as i'm right handed). Or when I pick something up and instantly drop it because my fingers didn't close. In fact, just typing this post has been a bit of an ordeal because i'm usually a great typist, now I have to hunt and peck around with my left hand only.
Besides the numbness in my right arm I've also noticed a throbbing pain in the middle of my forearm. It's not always there but when it is it really hurts. I'd describe it as a burning pain that feels deep.
3 weeks after the blood draw I went to my family doctor and asked him if there was anything he could do or if this would get better soon. All he did was give me a general script for an antibiotic and told me it would feel better after taking the pills for a week. It's been 2 weeks after I finished the week long script and it's still just as numb as before and I feel that burning pain for at least 3 hours every day now. I'm worried that this isn't going to get better, in fact it's gotten worse. Is there something my doctor just missed? Some other treatment? Or is the hospital I had the blood drawn at liable for malpractice over this issue?